The 'Babel' reign on Billboard Hot 200 is followed by another indie album, 'The Heist' by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Billboard Hot 200 is flooded with new releases this week, but none of them are able to overtake the crown from last week's champ, Mumford & Sons. The highest chart entry, indie duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, falls short of reigning the chart and settles at the runner-up place.
Marcus Mumford and his pals remain at the top spot on the weekly rundown with their second album "Babel" that manages to sell additional 96,000 copies in its second week (down 43%). The runner-up, meanwhile, pulls in 78,000 copies with "The Heist".
Although the numbers are considerably low, it's still a week of celebration since it marks the second time two indie releases take the first and second spots. Cake's "Showroom of Compassion" and Cage the Elephant's "Thank You, Happy Birthday" did so in January 2011.
Another thing to remember from this week's list is that "Babel" becomes the second-longest running No. 1 indie album in SoundScan history. Previously, Walt Disney Records' then-indie "The Lion King" soundtrack ruled for 10 non-consecutive weeks between 1994 and 1995.
Other new entries of this week on Hot 200 are KISS' "Monster" which debuts at No. 3, Machine Gun Kelly's "Lace Up" at No. 4, Coheed and Cambria's "The Afterman: Ascension" at No. 5, and All Time Low's "Don't Panic" at No. 6.
The list continues as Barbra Streisand's "Release Me" lands at the seventh place and Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" enters at the ninth spot. Holdovers of this week, meanwhile, are Pink's "The Truth About Love" sitting at No. 8, and Muse's "The 2nd Law" rounding up the top 10.
- "Babel" - Mumford & Sons (96,000)
- "The Heist" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (78,000)
- "Monster" - KISS (56,000)
- "Lace Up" - Machine Gun Kelly (51,000)
- "The Afterman: Ascension" - Coheed and Cambria (49,000)
- "Don't Panic" - All Time Low (48,000)
- "Release Me" - Barbra Streisand (44,000)
- "The Truth About Love" - Pink (36,000)
- "Halcyon" - Ellie Goulding (34,000)
- "The 2nd Law" - Muse (31,000)